Labor, Delivery and Recovery
In order to make our patients feel welcome and comfortable, we’ve created a home-like women’s center. Our spacious and private birthing suites are designed so mothers can labor, deliver, and recover in the same comfortable room. With an adjustable bed, jet tub and reclining sleeper for your coach, our suites are designed to increase your comfort during labor. Each suite is also fully equipped to help ensure a safe delivery and outstanding medical care for the first hours of your baby’s life.
If you require a Cesarean section, we also have surgical suites dedicated to women’s services, so you will be able to deliver your baby in an operating room located right in our maternity unit.
After your baby is born, you have had time to recover, and we know that your baby is doing well, you will move to another private room in our women’s center. Nurses in the postpartum unit provide couplet care, where the same nurse takes care of both you and your new baby.
We encourage mothers to keep their new babies in their rooms as much as possible. Rooming in gives families time to bond and helps new parents learn how to care for their infant with the professional assistance of our nursing staff. We also offer in-room television programming to educate new parents about infant care.
Our well baby nursery is available for mothers who want to rest without their baby in the room or who are not able to care for their newborns. Our Level II NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) provides a higher level of care for babies who are sick or who need special medical treatment.
Our Level III NICU was created with family comfort and privacy concerns in mind. Located on the second floor of the hospital’s Women’s Center this nursery features 11 individual rooms; which is a departure from the more traditional open nursery environment where babies are clustered together. These private suites not only protect their tiny patients from outside stimuli, but also offer their families defined spaces they can call their own Each of the rooms includes sound absorbent ceilings and floor tiles, dimming lighting systems and sliding glass doors.
In addition to the peaceful ambiance, the NICU is equipped with advanced technology designed to offer up-to-the minute specialized care. Call lights that are directly connected to the babies’ heart monitors and ventilators help provide immediate notification of changes in a baby’s condition to the nursing staff. The central monitoring system and the built-in walkways between the rooms are also designed to allow for the medical staff to move quickly through the unit. Other technology highlights include special incubators that provide monitored heat and humidity, in-bed scales and Omni beds that allow the babies to be moved from the warmers to the isolets without physically disturbing the baby and a medication guardrail system that ensures each baby is given the proper medication.
For the families, the unit provides a private room for breast pumping, a designated area for gowning and an in-unit restroom so parents can remain close to their babies at all times. One of the most unique features is the transition room that allows parents to “live in” with their babies who are still housed in the NICU. This process helps alleviate the fear and apprehension parents often experience before taking their babies home for the first time.
We offer lactation assistance for mothers who choose to breastfeed. All our nurses are trained in lactation and can help you learn the best techniques for feeding your baby and how to be sure your baby is getting enough milk.
We know you will want friends and loved ones to share in your joy when you welcome your new baby to the world. We maintain a family-centered approach and offer flexible visiting hours and comfortable waiting areas for your guests.
Our comprehensive infant security plan is designed to protect our tiniest patients and to help ensure they stay safe in the hospital.
In addition to other security measures, we use a high-tech electronic surveillance system to keep track of each baby. After birth, we place a small monitoring band around your baby’s ankle, where it remains until you take the baby home. The band, which is completely safe, transmits an electronic signal to a nursing station and alerts nurses if a baby ever moves too close to a maternity unit exit.